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Mobile development with AIR and Flex 4.5.1

Recently I have made a very pleasant experience developing a set of mobile applications for the BlackBerry Playbook using Adobe Flex 4.5.1.

In the past I have been critical of Adobe because I believed that Flex for Mobile was not sufficiently smooth on devices and the workflow not efficient, but after this project I had to think again. The main application is not very complex but has given to me the opportunity to evaluate in a real scenario the efficiency of the framework and the performance level on multiple devices.

The final impression is that Adobe is doing really well and after a year of tests and  improvements Flex is becoming an efficient and powerfull cross-device development framework. There are yet some points to improve and some features to implement/enhance but I’m not so critial anymore.

The application I developed is a classic multi media app developed by a media client (Virgin Radio Italy) to offer several multimedia contents for the entertainment of  their mobile users. The app offers:

– A selection of thematic web radio plus the live broadcast of the main radio channel (Virgin Radio Italy)
– A selection of podcasts (MP3) from the main programs of the radio
– The charts/playlist created by the Virgin’s sound designers or voted by the users
– A multi-touch photo gallery
– A selection of VOD contents like video clips, interviews, concerts

The application is now under approval and should be available in the Playbook’s AppWorld in a few days. In the while you can take a look at the UX with this preview video:

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  1. max
    8 July 2011 at 10:44 pm

    It seems a really nice app… congratulations!

  2. sonnati
    9 July 2011 at 2:11 pm

    thank you Max

  3. Jeet
    13 July 2011 at 2:12 pm

    i like it..
    really piece of art..

  4. 25 July 2011 at 10:23 am

    Nice app, do you use VideoPlayer to play video?

    • sonnati
      25 July 2011 at 10:27 am


  5. 28 July 2011 at 10:27 pm


    Do you know or can share some link where RIM say what other Streaming Protocols can be used? like RTSP or HTTP? I’m using Wowza like streaming server…


  6. 16 September 2011 at 6:48 am

    hello I want to say that I really liked your article and I could really identify with what is expressed in the Now I have a better idea about this, thank you very much

  7. Erdem
    26 September 2011 at 11:06 am

    Hi sonnati,
    VideoPlayer I did and I used the mobile application. I used the Wowza streaming server. iPad is a problem but the video is playing? What can you suggest?

  8. Sandro
    31 October 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Beautiful app.
    To display fotos in your foto gallery, what control or controls did you use?

    • sonnati
      31 October 2011 at 12:09 pm


      • Sandro
        31 October 2011 at 12:20 pm

        Thanks, but I don’t seem to find TileList, I am using ViewNavigatorApplication for my mobile project in Flash Builder 4.5.1.

      • sonnati
        31 October 2011 at 12:57 pm

        the thumb gallery is a tileGroup inside a Scroller
        and the picture view area is a HGroup inside a Scroller

  9. Sandro
    16 January 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I downloaded your app on Playbook, very neat stuff!

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